NJ Human Trafficking Defense Attorney

Our Criminal Defense Firm Has A Team Of Former County Prosecutors & Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers To Mount A Potent Defense to Your Human Trafficking Charge

A significant complication to promoting prostitution is a human trafficking offense. This criminal charge is extreme since it can result in a first-degree crime and life imprisonment. Selecting a lawyer that has the ability to minimize or even eliminate this type of New Jersey sex case is crucial if you want to maintain your freedom. Attorneys who are highly experienced in defending human trafficking and related charges like money laundering are going to provide the greatest opportunity for a favorable outcome.

We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a ten attorney law firm that specializes in criminal defense. Our team, which is comprised of former county prosecutors and public defenders, has over 200 years of combined experience handling human trafficking charges at the New Jersey Superior Court. If you or a loved one was arrested for human trafficking anywhere in NJ, an attorney at our office has the skills to protect you against a conviction. Contact our office for a free consultation now at 1-877-534-7338.


First-Degree Crime Human Trafficking

An individual faces a first-degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:13-8 if they are convicted for engaging in one of three (3) forms of human trafficking: (1) holding, recruiting, luring, enticing, harboring or transporting individuals so that they can engage in sex; (2) serving in the role of organizer, supervisor, financier or manager of a sex enterprise; and (3) causing a child to engage in sexual activity. The headings below briefly discuss the important aspects of a first-degree crime for human trafficking. We encourage you to reach out to our New Jersey criminal defense firm to speak to an attorney about more specific questions or to discuss representation of you or a loved one.

Holding, Recruiting, Luring, Enticing, Harboring or Transporting Individuals To Engage in Providing Sex

These activities result in a first-degree crime under the human trafficking law if they are accomplished as the result of: (1) threatening serious bodily harm or physical restraint; (2) a scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause the victim to believe they will suffer serious bodily harm or physical restraint; (3) criminal coercion; (4) destroying, concealing, removing, confiscating, or possessing any passport, immigration-related document or personal identifying documents;  (5) abuse or threatened abuse of the law or legal process; (6) fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; or (7) by facilitating access to drug/CDS.

An Organizer, Supervisor, Financier or Manager of a Sex Enterprise

When an individual serves in any of these roles and receives something of value for participation, they are exposed to a first-degree crime under 2C:13-8.

Causing A Child To Engage In Sexual Activity

This category of first-degree human trafficking requires that the actor “knowingly holds, recruits, lures, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains, by any means, a child under 18 years of age, to engage in sexual activity.”

Penalties for First-Degree Human Trafficking

An individual is normally exposed to 10-20 years in prison for a first-degree crime but the situation is a little different in a New Jersey human trafficking case. The term of imprisonment must be set at 20 years without any opportunity for parole (i.e. mandatory minimum sentence) or a term between 20 years and a life sentence with 20 years of parole ineligibility. A maximum fine of $200,000 also applies.

Second-Degree Human Trafficking

An individual can also be charged with a second-degree crime for human trafficking. This grade of offense arises out of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-9 and applies where someone provides “services, resources, or assistance with the knowledge that the services, resources, or assistance are intended to be used in furtherance of the commission of the crime of human trafficking.” A person is also guilty of this second-degree crime if he procures or attempts to procure a person to engage in sexual activity or to provide labor or services, whether for himself or another person, knowing that the person provided or to be provided was a victim of human trafficking, or under circumstances in which a reasonable person would conclude that there was a substantial likelihood that the person was a victim of human trafficking.

Penalties for Second-Degree Human Trafficking

Similar to the first-degree pedigree of human trafficking, New Jersey Law imposes enhanced consequences for a second-degree crime as well. While the standard second-degree penalty of 5-10 years applies to this grade of human trafficking, a period of parole eligibility equal to one-third of the sentence imposed or 3 years, whichever is greater must be imposed. The fine is up to $150,000.

Human Trafficking Lawyers in New Jersey

An arrest for human trafficking almost always results in pretrial detention. Hiring a skilled lawyer can minimize not only the period you are in custody, but also the risk that you will be convicted and end up in prison. The attorneys at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have considerable experience representing clients charged with human trafficking and other New Jersey prostitution-related offenses. Advanced knowledge and proficiency in defending this offense can prove invaluable and that is precisely what the lawyers on our staff can offer you. To speak to an attorney anytime 24/7, call 1-877-534-7338.

Related Human Trafficking Resources

Human Trafficking Hotline

Sex Crimes Lawyers in New Jersey

NJ Human Trafficking Task Force

Attorney General Directive on Human Trafficking